In a world where the average age of a teenager is 15, the 15-y.o. phenomenon is on the rise.
A staggering 21 percent of 15- to 17-year olds have not graduated from high school, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics.
A similar share of those aged 15 to 17 are unemployed, with a whopping 43 percent of 16- to 19-year old students saying they do not have enough money to cover their rent.
These numbers have fueled the growth of social media campaigns to get young people involved in the economic, social and political process.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 15- and 16-year kids should have a higher proportion of income in their household than their peers who are in their early 20s, with those between the ages of 25 and 29 making up the largest share of the adult population.
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The National Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (NBERPBP) estimates that between 2007 and 2015, the typical working-age American family earned $8,839, while the average middle-class family earned between $15,903 and $18,907.
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